Singapore Airshow 2016

SHAH ALAM: Singapore Airshow 2016 was launched yesterday amid growing doubts over the aerospace industry as the world braced for an economic slowdown. The clouds hanging over the show did not persist even as the crowd favourite – the aerial displays – did their best to liven up the rather subdued Changi Exhibition Centre.

I might be accused of being nationalistic but the performance of the RMAF Sukhoi Su-30MKM was the most outstanding in displays which ranged from AH-64 Apache, F-15SG Strike Eagle, F-16s, the Rafale and the FA-50s. The latter are from the Black Eagles Display Team from the Republic of Korean Air Force.

Sukhoi Su-30MKM M52-17 at the Singapore Airshow 2016
Sukhoi Su-30MKM M52-17 at the Singapore Airshow 2016

It must be said that the MKM display at the show was what we had expected from the 11th Squadron – masterful and polished – since the jet first debuted at LIMA-series of exhibition in 2007. I know the pictures below do not justice to the display by the Sukhoi. If you crave for more just do a Google search.

Sukhoi Su=30MKM M52-17 at Singapore Airshow 2016
Sukhoi Su=30MKM M52-17 at Singapore Airshow 2016

Sukhoi Su-30MKM M52-17 inverted.
Sukhoi Su-30MKM M52-17 inverted.
The crew of M52-17. Kementerian Pertahanan.
The crew of M52-17. Kementerian Pertahanan.

Apart from the Sukhoi which is only taking part in the aerial display, RMAF is also represented in the static show by M54-02, the second Airbus A400M air-lifter.

RMAF Airbus A400M M52-02.
RMAF Airbus A400M M52-02.

Inside the exhibition centre, several Malaysian companies are taking part via the participation of MATRADE, the national promotion agency for trade. As expected Singapore Technologies was the biggest exhibitor at the show befitting its status as the island republic sole state=owned engineering and defence technology company.
From guns to UAVs, ST showcased what its possible with a little more grey power backed with plenty of money in the bank.
ST Kinetics Terrex with a RWS 30mm turret. The 1.5 variant shown here is painted the Australian Army camouflage. The Terrex 2.0 has been offered to the US Marines and the Australian Army.
ST Kinetics Terrex with its RWS 30mm turret. The 1.5 variant shown here is painted in the Australian Army camouflage. The Terrex 2.0 has been offered to the US Marines and the Australian Army.

Anyhow pounding the centre, I found out somethings involving Malaysian upgrade programmes which was surprising to say the least. Who knows how many stories on Malaysia would I got if I stayed more than one day in Singapore? Oh well.
Thales air defence solutions.
Thales air defence solutions.

Terma officials at the show confirmed that the navigation radars selected for the Lekiu-class frigates – KD Lekiu and KD Jebat – and MPCSS – KD Mahawangsa and KD Inderasakti – is the Terma Scanter 6000 series. For more on that story read here.

 Raptors from USAF are on static display
Raptors from USAF are on static display

Indonesian Navy displayed its IPTN/Airbus CN235-220 MPA.
Indonesian Navy displayed its IPTN/Airbus CN235-220 MPA.

At the CMC- Esterline booth, officials there remained hopeful that a contract to provide C-130 cockpit upgrades for the RMAF will be signed at the upcoming DSA 2016 show in Kuala Lumpur. The LOA for the Hercules upgrade with Airod Sdn Bhd was signed at DSA 2014. The project have yet to start however as negotiations are still being carried out.

RSAF Strike Eagle firing flares as part of its display routine.
RSAF Strike Eagle firing flares as part of its display routine.

RAAF C-27J Spartan was on static display.
RAAF C-27J Spartan was on static display.

An unmarked Beechcraft Super King Air fitted with the latest Rockwell Collins Pro-line cockpit.
An unmarked Beechcraft Super King Air fitted with the latest Rockwell Collins Pro-line cockpit.

The other update programmes will be posted soon, I promise.

— Malaysian Defence

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